17th Sunday after Pentecost: 01 Oct – Matthew 21: 28-32 ~ beyond lip service

17th Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Merciful God, you alone judge rightly and search the depths of the heart. Make us swift to do your will and slow to judge our neighbor, that we may walk with those who follow the way of repentance and faith and so enter your heavenly kingdom. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.

“Boldly I Approach” – Rend Collective


Reading: Matthew 20:1-16 (NLT)

Parable of the Two Sons

“But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.

“Which of the two obeyed his father?”

They replied, “The first.”

Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.

Intercessory Prayer

The Lord’s mercy never ends, let us approach his throne of grace with confidence –

+ For our church leaders — that they may practice what they preach…. Lord, hear us.
+ For ourselves — that our faith in Christ may be more than lip service…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all those suffering because of natural and human disasters — that your people may provide the help they need…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all those living on the margins of society — that your people may provide help when they need it…. Lord, hear us.
+ For respect for life at all its stages — that women and children may be protected from every danger…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all those who endure sickness, in mind or body — that they may receive your healing mercy…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all who have suffered death – that they may be raised to life through Jesus’ resurrection…. Lord, hear us.

O God of endless goodness, your love and mercy have no end: hear our prayers we offer in faith, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“To You O Lord I lift up my soul” – (Psalm 25) Graham Kendrick


Concluding Prayer – Psalm 109:30-31 (NLT)

I will give repeated thanks to the Lord, praising him to everyone. For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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